Phase II – Conference
The conference phase of the V-WISE experience is a three-day training offered to cohorts of 200 women at locations across the country. Participants must attend Phase I, the online course, before attending Phase II.
The conference includes more than 20 distinct modules of training (representing over 40 hours of coursework!) designed for both new business owners and to support the needs of existing ventures. Topics addressed include business concepts, financing, guerrilla marketing, human resources, legal challenges, profit models, and more.
Participants are exposed to successful entrepreneurs, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and leaders in government.
In addition to classes and general sessions, participants are offered a variety of optional learning and networking opportunities to include:
A photographer will be on site to take professional headshots (there will be a nominal fee per shot, usually less than $20) for participants to use on websites, social media, business cards, and more!
Connect with speakers and instructors outside of class time in a small group/round table setting to ask questions that are particular to your business and interests.
Pitch your business in front of the group and our instructors will guide you through the strategy behind pitching your business to potential investors, lenders, motivators—you name it! Seats are limited and registration is required to pitch and/or observe.
Join award-winning vetrepreneurs, mentors, best-selling authors and speakers for a high octane, no-holds-barred Fearless Entrepreneur “Jam Session”. It’s your opportunity to brainstorm your business ideas, get your biggest biz questions answered and receive breakthrough “hot seat” coaching. Seats are limited and filled first come, first served (No pre-registration is necessary).
Business and military friendly resource providers from around the nation will be available to speak to participants about their targeted services. This is a great opportunity to network with key providers in a low key, intimate setting surrounded by fellow female veterans and military spouses.
Out of Pocket Costs
Participants are responsible for a one-time $75.00 registration fee, their transportation to and from the hotel, parking fees when applicable, and dinner on the second evening of the conference. Through the support of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), V-WISE is able to cover the cost of a private hotel room for each student for the two nights of the conference, all meals except for dinner on the second evening, and all educational materials (a value of approximately $2,000 per student!).
Continuing Education Units
Upon completion of this phase participants will receive 2.7 continuing education units (documentation required).
Time to Get Excited!
- Ms. Eva Brown - Vice President and Community Affairs Manager for U.S. Bank
Ms. Eva Brown
Brown works with community groups, non-profits, elected officials and government agencies in the Chicagoland area to position the bank as a leader in the community as well as to focus U.S. Bank’s lending, giving, investments and volunteer efforts where those resources are needed most. She also works to support and further the bank’s environmental, multicultural and supplier diversity goals. Previously, Brown was the Director of the Access to Capital Program for the Women’s Business Development Center in Chicago.Not all speaker/instructors will be present at every V-WISE event
- Dr. Mary Kelly (U.S. Navy, Retired) - Founder, Productive Leaders
Dr. Mary Kelly (U.S. Navy, Retired) - Founder, Productive Leaders
Kelly is a nationally recognized and renowned economist and leadership expert specializing in improving business efficiency and maximizing available resources. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Kelly has trained over 20,000 military and civilian personnel in multi-cultural environments around the world. She served 21 years as a commissioned officer in the Navy, and retired as a commander. Kelly’s passion is helping people excel in business as a university business and economics professor, leadership coach and speaker, and consultant.Not all speaker/instructors will be present at every V-WISE event.
- Colonel Jill Willig Chambers (U.S. Army, Ret.) - Founder, This Able Vet LLC
Colonel Jill Willig Chambers (U.S. Army, Ret.)
Chambers, a service disabled veteran and survivor of the Pentagon attack on 9/11, served four Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during her nearly 30-year Army career. In 2007, she became the first “Special Assistant to the Chairman for Returning Warrior Issues.” Within a year, the Army birthed the “Comprehensive Soldier Fitness” program, the first holistic approach to wellness in the history of the military. All branches of the military have since adopted similar strategies. Chambers “relaunched” in 2009 with her successful business This Able Vet, LLC, providing free complimentary and integrative tools to empower veterans and military family members to take charge of their health.Not all speaker/instructors will be present at every V-WISE event.
- Mr. Larry Broughton - Co-Founder and CEO, BROUGHTONadvisory; Founder & CEO, broughtonHOTELS
Mr. Larry Broughton
Broughton is affectionately known as the “Chuck Norris of Cow Country New York” who enlisted in the military and joined the U.S. Army’s Special Forces so that he could wear a cool beatnik Green Beret. Broughton launched his own hotel company in 2001, in the face of a national recession, the dot.com bomb and the tragic events of 9/11. A decade later, he has leveraged his unique leadership and team building talents to build broughtonHOTELS.com and BROUGHTONadvisory.com.Not all speaker/instructors will be present at every V-WISE event.
- Dr. John Torrens - Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Practice, Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University
Dr. John Torrens
Torrens teaches courses on Ideation and Opportunity Recognition, Business Planning, New Venture Creation, and Selling/Exiting a Company. He was named Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator in 2012 and is a recipient of the Meredith Award for Teaching Excellence at Syracuse University. Prior to joining the Whitman School, Torrens was Founder and CEO of InterActive Therapy Group. Torrens is also Founder and President of Liberty POST, a regional company with 175 employees that provides home-based special education and related services to young children with disabilities in NY, PA, and OH.Not all speaker/instructors will be present at every V-WISE event
- Dr. Amanda Nicholson - Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs, Professor of Retail Practice, Sam Walton Fellow, SU-Enactus, Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University
Dr. Amanda Nicholson
Nicholson began her career with Marks & Spencer in London and spent over 20 years in the retail management field before entering higher education. She continues to consult for the retail industry and her commentary has been featured in a variety of news outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and CNN.com. She is the faculty advisor for the immensely successful Syracuse University chapter of ENACTUS, an international organization of hundreds of university teams that work on entrepreneurial projects in their communities and abroad.Not all speaker/instructors will be present at every V-WISE event